The natural world is teeming with plant, bird and animal life, from the smallest living organism to the largest mammal, both on land and in the oceans. Give us a glimpse into the worlds of the non-human residents of this planet and the environments in which they live – from plankton to whales, from insects to elephants and from the smallest green shoots to giant forests.
You can enter B&W or colour images.
By entering this category twice, or entering this category once plus one of the other four-image portfolio categories once, you will automatically be considered for the top award and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2021.
What subjects can you include?
Animals, birds, insects, flora and fauna, fish and other sealife. Subjects may be photographed as portraits or close ups, or within their environment, including aspects of behaviour and conservation.
How many images?
Four images per portfolio.
What are the judges looking for?
Four related images of the living natural world in any of its forms on land, in water or in the air.
Am I eligible?
This category is open to all photographers aged 19 and above.
How many times can I enter?
You can enter this category more than once.
What is the category entry fee?
£18 for each portfolio entry or £30 for two four-image portfolios. Or submit any 10 images – in single image categories, portfolios or a combination of both (for example two four-image portfolios and two single image categories) entered at the same time for £40.
Do I need to shoot new material to be able to enter this category?
No! We have always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives – i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years – and have always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ and never has this been more important than in a time of global pandemic. Entries close on 12th October, so, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, there may also be time for you to shoot new material before the closing date. But we want to stress that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit, and archive images are always welcome in TPOTY.
Please see the information on digital manipulation, and note that entrants who are shortlisted as finalists will be required to provide the original image files (RAW or jpeg as shot).
The judges will also select their favourite image from all the submitted portfolios. The winner of the Best Single Image award for each portfolio category receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.